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Alumni Career Toolkit

In these unsettled—and unsettling—times, it's helpful to be part of a community that offers valuable expertise. So we'd like to remind you that, as a graduate and lifetime member of the Michigan Law School community, you have access to the many resources of our Office of Career Planning (OCP).

Career Advising
We offer individual appointments, during which we review the employment landscape, give advice on resume and cover letter presentation, provide preparation for interviews, tell you about more resources for finding employment, and provide any other information that may be helpful to you as you consider your career options. If you are contemplating a change of employer, job market, or even career path, you may call OCP to schedule an appointment via telephone with Robin Kaplan (rakaplan@umich.edu), our alumni attorney-counselor.  To make an appointment, call OCP at 734.764.0546 or online​.  

Robin Kaplan

Robin joined the office in August 2001. She provides career counseling to alumni and directs the MLaw Bridge Fellowship program for recent graduates. Prior to focusing exclusively on alumni, Robin provided thousands of counseling hours to Michigan students seeking careers in public service, non profits, judicial clerkships and the private sector. In previous years she served as OCP's government advisor, private sector counselor, and for over eight years, was the office's judicial clerkship advisor.  She enjoys creative brainstorming with alumni about job transitions, identifying resources for the job hunt, and developing an individualized strategic career plan. She is particularly enthusiastic about helping job seekers connect to the broader Michigan legal community.  

Prior to joining OCP, Robin lived in Chicago, where she was the legal compliance officer for a network of nonprofit environmental and consumer organizations, and a staff attorney for an international labor union, where she represented workers in arbitration and mediation settings, and advised the union on policy issues, regulatory matters, and contract negotiations.  She also was a legal extern at the MacArthur Justice Center, working on habeas petitions for indigent defendants in capital cases. Before going to law school, Robin was a program officer at a foundation specializing in international and domestic human rights and civil liberties issues and before that as a development staffer for several Chicago area nonprofits.  Robin received her JD from DePaul College of Law while working full time at the J. Roderick MacArthur Foundation, and her BA cum laude from Macalester College.  She lives in Ann Arbor  with her husband and very large golden doodle, and spends her free time texting her (somewhat) grown daughters, reading novels, and getting outside for biking, hiking or skiing (weather permitting). 


Job Bulletins

As part of the powerful Michigan alumni network, you have the opportunity to connect with other graduates if you know of an employment opportunity or are looking for one. By using the resources below, you can access listings for public interest, government, and private sector jobs, as well as fellowships. Or, you can post job openings for fellow alumni to view.

Alumni Job Bulletin
Our Job Bulletin has moved to Symplicity.  Recent graduates can request a password reminder through Symplicity and it will be sent to your umich email account.  Graduates before the Class of 2005 should contact the Office of Career Planning to request a username/password.    

If you have a job you want to advertise to other alumni, you can submit it by faxing OCP at 734.764.5228 or emailing lawcareers@umich.edu. (These listings are provided because of their potential interest in the Michigan Law School community. Inclusion of a listing does not imply Law School endorsement of the particular program or opportunity described.)

Password-Protected Resources—Provides the usernames and passwords for password-protected outside resources, including the Univ. of Arizona Government Honors & Internship Handbook, the Univ. of Arizona Public Policy Handbook, and the BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank.

Alumni Directory
The Michigan Law alumni network is more than 20,000 people strong and in every major legal market in the U.S.

Michigan Law's AlumNetwork website contains a wealth of helpful information, including information gathered for the printed directory. Alumni can search for fellow Michigan Law graduates by name, graduation year, work affiliation, or legal practice area. The directory also groups graduates by class year, geographic area, and/or specialty.

More Resources to Launch a Job Search
To help you get started as you contemplate a job change, we have compiled a couple of sample resumes.  We urge you to look in depth at the OCP's website, and explore the websites of state, local, and specialty bar associations.

Networking Through LinkedIn
Use LinkedIn to network with current students and alumni by joining the following groups:

Reciprocity
Alumni interested in using the services of another law school's career planning/career services office can review reciprocity polices on the NALP web site to verify the types of services offered at each school.  Requests are limited to one school per geographic region.  Contact Ruthie Freeman Muth (frruth@umich.edu) for more information if you would like to request a letter of reciprocity.

Law graduates from other schools interested in using our services may contact Ruthie Freeman Muth at frruth@umich.edu.  Our policy does not include on-line access to our job listings via Symplicity for students or graduates.

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